Floyd County Obit - Mrs. Florence Fouche Magruder


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Rome Tribune-Herald, Nov 3, 1910

Hand of Death Removes Mrs. Magruder

Well-known Woman Devoted To Her Family, Friends And Country Dies Wednesday
Funeral This Morning
Will Be Held At The Residence On Fifth Avenue, Dr. R.B. Headden Officiating

Serenely and sweetly resigned to the end she realized to be near, Mrs. Florence Fouche Magruder passed away at her home on Fifth avenue Wednesday morning at 6 o'clock.
Mrs. Magruder, while sick only a few months, was known to be desperately ill some weeks ago. Within the month just passed, it was apparent to her loved ones no less than to herself that her days were numbered, and that death was hovering close at hand.
She acquiesced in this degree of providence with that splendid fortitude that ever characterized her life, prior to the end, she talked freely and frankly of her approaching dissolution. She never complained--she met death as she met other crises in her life, bravely and courageously. The malady to which she succumbed was painful and relatively slow in its progress. Everything was done that loving hearts could suggest, but to no avail. She was beyond the aid of medicine or surgery before she passed away.

Mrs. Florence Fouche Magruder was born in Hancock county, Ga., on December 11, 1840. She was the eldest daughter of Maj. Simpson Fouche, one of Georgia's most honored sons.
On May 24, 1861, the deceased was married in Rome, Ga., to Capt. E.J. Magruder, on the eve of that gallant Confederate soldier's departure for the front and the battle of Manassas. This wedding was most picturesque, and was attended by Captain Magruder's entire command, the Rome Light Guards. War had just been declared between the North and South,and the Rome Light Guards, a company in the 8th Georgia Infantry, was recruited around and about Rome, and was composed of the very flower of the young manhood of this vicinity.

Mrs. Magruder accompanied her soldier-husband to the front, and was very near him throughout the entire war. Captain Magruder was a Virginian, and his people were intense partisans of the South. The old Magruder homestead was used as a sort of hospital for wounded Confederates,and many members of the Rome Light Guards were carried there to recover of their wounds. Captain Magruder himself was wounded seven times during the war, and his devoted wife always nursed him through his convalescence. At the end of the war, Captain Magruder came back to Rome Lieutenant-Colonel of the 8th Georgia. He died several years ago, loved and respected by all who knew him.

There were born six children to Colonel and Mrs. Magruder, five of whom now survive, Edith, Simpson, Eddie and Dudley. There are three sisters living, Mrs. Philpot, Miss Camilla Fouche, and Mrs. Hardy,and one brother, Charles Fouche. Two brothers are dead, the late Captain Morton Fouche, of Chattanooga, and Maj. Robert Fouche, of Rome.

Mrs. Magruder was a particularly sweet and lovable woman. As a young girl and a young lady, she was as charming as she was beautiful. Always up until her very death, she was a gracious and winning daughter of the old South.

The funeral will take place at 10:30 o'clock this morning at the family residence, 105 Fifth avenue. The services will be conducted by Rev. R.B. Headden.
The following gentlemen are requested to act as pall-bearers. Sproull Fouche, C.R. Porter, L.P. Hammond, J.C. Harris, J.H. O'Neill, Walter Cothran, S.B. Norton,and Ed Harris. They are requested to meet at the Hanks Furniture Co. this morning at 10 promptly.

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